It has been a couple days since we stayed in Busan and we have been quite disappointed by Busan. On our internet research, people say Seomyeon and Nampo is supposed to be the funnest and busiest area. However, to us, it wasn't really that fun. No offence to anyone, but Seomyeon and Nampo feels like a pretty old and run down area. There is one street in Nampo that looks nice, but it's mainly chain store like Adidas and Levi's and Aritaum. Nothing for us to buy. For the more local shops in Nampo and Seomyeon, they clothes are really dull and boring looking. Very different from the clothes they sell in Seoul.
On our day 7 of our trip, our friends have flew back to Hong Kong. Only Cho and I stayed. We seemed to have explored the city area, Seomyeon and Nampo, which really isn't that big. So, we decided to go to the beach, even though it wasn't the temperature for swimming. It is definitely warmer in Busan than in Seoul during November time, but still not warm enough to jump into the water. The first beach we decided to visit is Haeundae Beach.
We took the train to Haeundae Station and got out at exit 5. Immediately, we regret staying in Seomyeon. We should have just head to Haeundae on our first day. The whole area seem a little more relaxed, modern and fun. Reminded us a little of Seoul.
There were only the 2 of us for the rest of the trip, so we needed to plan our meal time wisely. We need to make sure we spread our meal time apart enough that we can have a chance to digest and consume more food. I can usually go by 1 meal a day if the portion is big. That's not what we want. We want to eat many different food. So, the first thing we decided to do was to find a place to eat. We found the Haeundae Market. A street lined with shops selling seafood, veggies and restaurants.
It was still early when we arrived. The place isn't crowded yet.
It's been a while since we had some pork. So, decided to sit down at this restaurant that sells pork knuckle.
There aren't much on the men. Even glazed pigs' feet or Naengchae pig's trotter. We don't know the difference. I just know the one on the left has a small portion and that's what we ordered.
They have other stuff on the menu on the wall...which we had no idea what it was about.
We were the only people dining there...got us worried. But then, the whole street was quite empty.
Our side dishes came. I ate a couple of the dumplings/mandu and already feel I have had enough food....not a good start.
The pork arrived and it really doesn't look like anything I'd call "small". To our disappointment, it's cold and not as juicy and tender as the ones we had in Seoul before. I feel that it would taste better if it was warmer. We ate most of it and were super stuffed.
Haeundae Market is at point P in the list "Places Part 1" on the map below:
Day 1: Airbnb in Hongdae > Myeongdong
Day 2: Majang Meat Market
Day 3: Breakfast at 교지나주곰탕 in Hongdae > Isaac Toast > Korea House 한국의집 > Hanbok Experience at Namsangol Hanok Village> Gwangjang Market > LED Roses at DDP
Day 4: Pork stew at 이대조뼈다귀 in Hongdae > Airbnb in Seomyeon > Dinner at Busan >
Day 5: Breakfast at 전망좋은집 Gamcheon Culture Village > Gamcheon Culture Village > Busan Tower > Raw crabs for dinner
Day 6: Traditional Market 부전시장(주) > Lunch at Taejongdae > Taejongdae > Dinner in Nampo Dong
Day 7: Pork Knuckle for Lunch > Haeundae Beach > Mom's Touch > Gwangalli Beach > Korean BBQ > Fried Chicken at Mom's Touch again > Night time Busan Tower
Day 8: Korea BBQ Breakfast at 동남갈비 > Jaseongdae Park > Busanjin Market > Busan Museum > Movie in Kyungsung University area
Day 9: Lotteria